A Most Beautiful Thing

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  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2020
  • Running time: 95 min
Executive Produced by Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist, Common, along with NBA stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade, and Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder, this new documentary film from award-winning filmmaker, Mary Mazzio, chronicles the first... read more

Executive Produced by Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist, Common, along with NBA stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade, and Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder, this new documentary film from award-winning filmmaker, Mary Mazzio, chronicles the first African American public high school rowing team in this country (made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, all coming together to row in the same boat). This project explores not only the safety these young men found on the water (where, as their captain Arshay Cooper reflected, “we were in a place where we could not hear the sound of sirens”), but the trauma of violence and cyclical poverty, examining how these young men were able to support each other in reimagining a different future for themselves, and how rowing and the water provided the backdrop for that opportunity. These young men came together, after 20 years out of the boat, to race this past summer, not only to celebrate the team’s founding, but the fact that they are still alive. This is their story.

Original Release

07/31/2020

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Directors

Mary Mazzio

Writers

Mary Mazzio, Robert Fitzgerald, Alec Sokolow

Cast

Producers

Ashley Bekton Executive Producer
John H. Carlson Executive Producer
Doris Casap Executive Producer
Ted Dintersmith Executive Producer
Ginny Gilder Executive Producer
Bruce Herring Executive Producer
Tricia Herring Executive Producer
Grant Hill Executive Producer
Bill Hudson Executive Producer
Rick Lane Executive Producer
Bill McNabb Executive Producer
Katie McNabb Executive Producer
Lynn Slaughter Executive Producer
Dwyane Wade Executive Producer
Bryan White Executive Producer
Christine White Executive Producer
Cameron Winklevoss Executive Producer
Tyler Winklevoss Executive Producer
9th Wonder Executive Producer
Mary Mazzio Producer
Andrew Sanderson Producer

Editors

Mary Mazzio, Tom Cole, Andrew Eldridge

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